Jean Vanier: The Sacrament of Tenderness (Movie Screening + Panel Discussion)

dir. Frédérique Bedos
2019 | France | Documentary | In French with English Subtitles | 89 mins |

Jean Vanier: The Sacrament of Tenderness (Le Sacrement de la Tendresse) depicts the life of L’Arche’s founder Jean Vanier, a Canadian Catholic philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian.

Founded in 1964, L’Arche is an international federation dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs and support networks for people with intellectual disabilities. Today it is an international organisation operating 152 communities in 38 countries.

Director Frédérique Bedos, made this French film as part of the Le Projet Imagine, whose mission is to produce films that highlight the careers of people who have committed their lives to humanitarianism; ‘heroes’ that inspire and push those who discover them to act for a good cause.

Ms Frédérique will be in Singapore for a post-screening Q&A session with Deputy CEO of Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), Ms Koh Gee May and Head of the MINDS Institute of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (MIIDD), Mr. Vimallan Manokara.

MINDS Bakers, a therapy programme for MINDS clients, will also be presenting their freshly baked cookies as door gifts for the screenings’ guests.

This film screening is presented by the Embassy of France, MINDS, and Singapore Film Society as part of the French Film Festival 2019.


Frédérique Bedos has been a journalist and radio presenter for more than 20 years, both in France and internationally. She has hosted many prestigious shows in prime time.

In 2010 she took a big leap into the unknown to create an NGO of information whose purpose is to inspire to act: Le Project Imagine.

Her first source of inspiration were her adoptive parents from the north of France who welcomed her into their family together with some twenty "unadoptable" children from all over the world.

With the NGO Le Projet Imagine, Frédérique highlights the men and women who explore the unknown and make us realize that anything is possible: the famous "Humble Heroes".

In 2013, she wrote a book that is her testimonial, "La petite fille à la balançoire” (The Girl in the Swing, publ. by Editions Les Arènes, in pocket book format publ. by J’ai Lu) where she tells us about how the Humble Heroes Project was inspired from her personal story. And of course, her first Humble Heroes were her primary source of inspiration, namely her adoptive parents!

In 2017, she received the rank of Knight of the National Order of Merit from the hands of Jean Vanier, the great humanist who founded L’Arche.

As a member of the Scientific and Strategic Council of the World Peace Forum, Frédérique Bedos has, since January 2018, been a patron of the French non-profit organization, Bleuet de France, an association that supports victims of wars, widows, pupils of the Nation and victims of attacks. Doctor honoris causa of the Catholic University of Lille, that has chosen this year to rally for peace in homage to the hundred-year anniversary of the end of World War I, Frédérique has just received the prestigious "Women who make a Difference" award, in Miami, from the very powerful women’s network International Women’s Forum (IWF).

Ms Koh Gee May started her career as a Psychologist with MINDS in 1995 and took on a Day Activity Centre Head position in 1996. She left MINDS in 1998 and worked in the Ministry of Defence Public Affairs Department from 1998 to 2001. In 2001, she re-joined MINDS as the Administrator for MINDS Home and Hostel and took on the Director position for MINDS Training & Development Centres (aka Day Activity Centres) and Residential Services from 2008 till 2018.

As Deputy CEO (Operations), Ms Koh oversees MINDS Residential & Community-Based Care Services, Allied Health Professional Services and the Caregivers’ Support Services. She has close to 20 years of experience running Training & Development Centres, Residential and Community-Based Services for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. She has keen interest in Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, Public Health and in improving the quality of life and social inclusion for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Ms Koh received her Bachelor of Science (Psychology & Economics) Honours with University of Toronto, Canada. She also obtained a Postgraduate Diploma (Healthcare Management) with Swansea University, UK and a double Masters of Behavioural Science and Public Health with University of Sydney, Australia.

Mr. Vimallan Manokara is a registered Psychologist who has been in practice for the last 9 years. His current professional appointment is the Head of the MINDS Institute of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (MIIDD) which is the research and innovation arm of MINDS aimed at providing thought leadership to MINDS and the larger disability sector. The institute’s key thrust is to drive evidence-based practice through research and innovation by establishing strategic networks and collaborations with international experts in the field. He also holds appointments as chair of the Disability Coalition of Research and co-chair of the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC)’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) which reviews applied research in Singapore’s ILTC sector. His present research interest areas include aging issues, quality of life as well as employment for people with disabilities. He is currently pursuing his PhD (Medicine) with the University of Sydney. Vimallan is passionate about social impact. He believes in social justice, empowerment as well as the right for every person to live with dignity and with good quality of life.


Founded in May 1962, MINDS is one of the largest Voluntary Welfare Organisations in Singapore, serving some 2,400 clients from past the age of six to their ripe old age.

Their mission is to be a world-class voluntary welfare organisation that advances the development, well-being and aspirations of persons with intellectual disability and their integration into society, one that maximises the development and well-being of persons with intellectual disability through the provision of a comprehensive range of quality services.

MINDS also aims to empower persons with intellectual disability and their families so as to enable them to maximise their potential and fulfil their aspirations, and to advocate the interests and causes of persons with intellectual disability so as to enable them to participate as fully as possible in society.

You can find more information at http://www.minds.org.sg/

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